Q&A and #Giveaway - Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayala
Chance for Love Book Three
By: Rachelle Ayala
Interview – Rachelle Ayala, author of Knowing Vera
1. What was the spark or initial idea that started your book?
The Golden Gate Bridge is a symbol of hope and dreams, the gateway for many Asians immigrating to the United States. It is also the site of many suicides. There is something special about exiting the world at such a scenic and photogenic location. Cruel as it sounds, my first thought was having seven-year-old Vera witness her father’s suicide while hugging her teddy bear.
2. What was your favorite part of writing this book?
Zach, Zach, and more Zach! He’s everything a girl could want from his panty-melting grin to his swimmer’s physique and roguish Aussie accent. More than that, he is every kind of wonderful combined in a hunkalicious sweetheart who puts other people first. He lost his leg in a rescue attempt, but instead of turning bitter or giving up on life, he decided to make his life more meaningful by caring for other people. He doesn’t look for sympathy or excuses, but lives his life to the fullest. He’s honest with his feelings and loves Vera even when she wasn’t very lovable. But he has self-respect and walks away when Vera shoves him one time too many. He never grovels, he’s not a doormat, and he doesn’t let people push him around. But he’s romantic. He remembers the little things Vera asked for and surprises her by giving her much more than his boomerang. Oh, and did I mention how talented he is??? Swwooonnn.
3. What is your favorite line from your book?
“As true and as blue as my eyes.” Zach grins that half-cocked panty-vaporizing smile. “When an Aussie gives you his boomerang, it’s forever. No secret.”
4. What movie or television show would you say is most like your book in tone, topic, and/or characters?
This is a really hard question. What other movie or tv show combines fight scenes on the Golden Gate Bridge with love scenes on a deserted island, cockatoos, electro dancing, an amputee hero, a crazy stalker who works at a retirement community and a murderer who always wears shades?
It would probably be a Filipino teleserye. I don’t know any exact title, but they usually have family drama, children who are not the offspring of their parents, unsolved murders, kidnappings, long lost lovers, revenge across generations, heart-rending childhood, several men vying for the same woman, crazy brothers and uncles, someone getting framed, near drownings and fights in high places, hospital scenes and repressed memories. I think the only thing I’m missing here is sister drama, since Vera has no sisters. Oh, and the police never get there in time and frequently arrest the wrong person.
5. If your book was made into a movie and you got to design the movie poster, what would the tagline say?
Knowing Vera: What she knows could blow her chance for love.
Vera Custodio has never fallen in love, though she has strong feelings for her friend and sometimes lover, Zach Spencer. Long-forgotten memories resurface when Vera discovers Zach’s mother was the woman her father supposedly murdered many years ago.
After losing his leg, former triathlete Zach Spencer reevaluates his life—and realizes he’s falling in love with Vera. When she ends their relationship, Zach is determined to prove his love and follows her to Australia in search of the killer.
Caught between a web of family secrets and a deranged adversary, Vera and Zach must depend on each other for survival. Love blossoms, but the truth explodes everything Vera knows about herself. Will she close her heart forever or risk it all for a shot at happily-ever-after?
Knowing Vera is a suspenseful, cross-cultural romance mixing an unsolved murder, action and adventure, and hot, steamy love scenes.
Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction crossing genres and boundaries featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.
Rachelle is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.
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